Mom Shares Pic of Son Playing Exactly Where Alligator Snatched a 2-Year-Old at Disney

One fellow Disney vacationer has gone public to support Melissa Graves, the mom whose 2-year-old son Lane was attacked and drowned by an alligator Tuesday night at Walt Disney World’s Grand Floridian resort.

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Photo: Jennifer Venditti on Facebook

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Photo: Jennifer Venditti and son Channing pose near where an alligator later attacked 2-year-old Lane Graves.  Jennifer Venditti on Facebook

Sharing a picture of her own son playing 30 minutes before in the exact spot where Lane Graves was attacked, Jennifer Venditti hopes that by sharing her photos, it will encourage parents to see that this tragic accident could have happened to anyone, and that the Graves don’t need criticism, just love, prayer, and support.

She says:

PRAY, PRAY so hard for the family & for those who witnessed this tragic event. I took these pics at the exact spot this happened betw 8 & 830, the incident happened at 9. Helicopters flew overhead til 1 am and were back around dawn. I can’t imagine anyone could sleep knowing that the helicopter was searching for a missing child taken by an alligator. I can’t help but wonder if we played with him, did I talk to his Mom?? How does one go home without your baby in tow? ? I’ve already seen posts criticizing the parents. I can assure you alligators were not on my mind at all when Channing was in the water. It’s a tiny beach, surrounded by pools, water slides, a restaurant and a fire pit. I can’t conceive that an alligator would be in such a busy, small space.‪#‎judgelesspraymore‬


Search teams found Lane Graves’ body yesterday afternoon. His devastated parents and two siblings must fly home to Nebraska without their baby boy, and I cannot imagine their grief! I pray the Internet spares them the rage that the mom in the Cincinnati Zoo gorilla incident felt, and I pray that kindness, love, and God’s comfort surround them during this terrible time. I wept when I heard of their tragedy yesterday, and I am thankful Venditti came forward with such a public show of support for the grieving Graves family.


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